The Syrian government has adopted a draft law that allows the formation of political parties other than the ruling Baath party, state media say, according to the BBC. The Baath party has governed Syria for nearly half a century. The law appears to prohibit parties founded on the basis of religion, or tribal or regional affiliation. A multi-party political system is a key demand of anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets across Syria since March to demand reform. The Baath party banned opposition groups in Syria after the military coup in 1963 that brought it to power.